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Introduction to Non-Domestic Rates for Property Lawyers

Recorded 27th February

£20 Single Licence or £50 Company Licence


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Introduction to key rating concepts

- History of rates and the judicial approach

- Defining a hereditament

- Supreme Court in Woolway

- Rateable values

- Methods in valuations

- Rates Payable

- Exemptions

- Reliefs

- Unoccupied rates

Dan Kolinsky QC, Landmark Chambers


- Types of challenges

- What is a material change in circumstance?

- How to make a proposal

- Statutory requirements for a proposal

- Who can make a proposal

- When to make a proposal

- Treatment of proposals

- Appeals to the Valuation Tribunal

Richard Clarke, Landmark Chambers

Rateable occupation

- Elements of rateable occupation

- Acts of occupation

- Who is the actual occupier

- What if more than one occupier?

- Which occupier is "Exclusive"

- How much control does it take?

- What is (not) substantial interference

- Beneficial Occupation

- What is Transience

Galina Ward, Landmark Chambers

Unoccupied property

- The empty property rate

- Principle of liability

- Exemptions

- Zero Rating

- Empty rate avoidance schemes

- Other ways to reduce rates for unoccupied properties

Richard Turney, Landmark Chambers

Hot topics/key recent cases

- State of repair

- SJ & J Monk v Newbigin

- Repiars Held Uneconomic - Barber v Cerp

- ATMs separate rateable hereditaments

Katie Helmore, Landmark Chambers


Runtime = 85 minutes

Recording file type = mp4

Presentation slides with notes.

CPD = 1.5 hour

Watching this webinar will help solicitors meet the following requirements set out in the Statement of Solicitor Competence

A2 - Maintain competence and legal knowledge

A4 - Draw on detailed knowledge/understanding